Barbara steps out to smash fundraising target

CAFOD supporter Barbara Lamberton absolutely smashed her fundraising target when she swapped Felixstowe for Spain for a 100-mile pilgrimage.

The Saint Felix parishioner took part in the Way of Saint James Pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago del Compostela in Galicia from Piedrafita O Cebreiro in September with a £1,000 fundraising target.

But we’re very pleased to see the generosity of her supporters has now helped her even exceed this to hit a massive £1,480 for CAFOD. Barbara took on the challenge on her own to commemorate her 70th year.

The former reception teacher kept to her aim of walking 22km in six hours each day. Along her journey she met pilgrims from around the world.

Barbara Lamberton (604x)

Barbara puts her best forward for CAFOD

Barbara, a long-term CAFOD supporter, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to really take stock on both a pilgrimage and a retreat. I’m 69 and I didn’t expect it to be easy but I made nearly all my destinations in the time I hoped I would.”

She said the atmosphere at Mass on the way for pilgrims was “incredible.”

Stephen Matthews, CAFOD diocesan manager for East Anglia, said: “We are extremely grateful for the money Barbara and her sponsors raised. Efforts like this make such a difference in helping those in desperate need.”

Do you fancy walking in Barbara’s shoes – or St James’? Well, Saint James was carried to Santiago de Compostella where he is buried, but you may prefer to walk.

This amazing challenge is made all the more special by the shared spirituality of the pilgrimage. All the information you need to get started is contained in this comprehensive information booklet. And you can find out more here.

If you can think of way to raise money for CAFOD, contact us and we can help you promote your fundraising activity. Contact CAFOD East Anglia’s communication officer Sophie Harrington at


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